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Is God A Forgiving God

In Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus tells Peter to forgive "not seven times, but seventy-seven times" the same person, in one day. Would God ask us to do this for others, and not be willing to do so Himself?

Moderator - God forgives me all the time which is why I needed Jesus Christ to cover my sins.

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First,let me say thanks! Here some scriptures we studied at church tonite!onJesus,holyspirit,forgiveness. Jn.20:23 If you forgive you anyone his sins,they are forgiven,if you do not forgive them,they are not forgiven.Love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 4/15/12


Thankyou!Moderator/family of God how many times forgive? God as a woman now,it's been one thing + another friends & peoplethat the enemy? or the Lord tests me?so,yes,even relatives,you have to forgive! believe if you got trouble 'n this area wow! you will have no way but,forgive give it o'er to the Lord this last time so hard to believe God gave me wonderfull encouragement like never before,my mind been clear since then-forgiveness can be "cleansing"....to your heart,mind,soul.You will feel better,sleep better! Food even taste good! God work it out!
---ELENA on 4/13/12


Forgive me for saying this, but Jesus said we are forgiven to the extent we forgive others.
---John1944 on 3/6/08


Years ago, realizing that I need to forgive others and found myself unable to do so. I prayed about this and the spirit showed me that Almighty God, through his son Jesus has totally forgiven me. Therefore I owe my forgiveness to others. I now find forgiving others very easy. As the ages roll we must never forget what Jesus has done for us.
---Mima on 3/6/08


Not only that, but God forgives me of the same dumb sin over and over. I am so glad that He doesn't get tired of it.
---catherine on 2/28/08




God is loving and merciful eager to forgive us of our sins! 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. God desires to forgive us, so He provided for our forgiveness.
---Court7646 on 2/28/08


Alan - RitaH - Rita you have given the very same answer I would have given to Alan, scripture! Thanks. Gena
---Gena on 1/29/08


He is the very God of forgiveness or Elohay Selichot.(Nehemiah 9:17)
---Rickey on 1/28/08


Luk 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him. ALAN, this seems to be saying that he should repent every time, and if he does we must forgive every time. I feel that this is the same as God expects from us when we sin against Him.
---RitaH on 1/28/08


Our wicked sin nature demands that we forgive. If we don't pride will set in (The LORD hates man's pride). We also forgive to keep peace with others. There is a difference between the two types of forgiveness: The LORD forgives through his shed blood on Calvary. Our forgiveness cannot cover sin.
---Mike on 1/26/08




"Would God ask us to do this for others, and not be willing to do so Himself?" No. Love your enemies, do good, expecting nothing in return and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Highest: For He is kind unto the unthankful and evil. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as The Father for Christ sake has forgiven you. However, if you are unwilling to forgive, neither will you be forgiven. The Father is just.
---joseph on 1/26/08


"He expects you to stop doing what is wrong, and if you keep doing what is condemned, you will hear that you are wrong. Forgiveness does not make wrong stuff OK"
And yet we are told to forgive 70 x 7 even though the other goes on doing the same wrong thing?
Seems God is more demanding than we are to be?
---alan_of_UK on 1/26/08


"To accept His forgiven we must first repent of sin"
Yes ... so it is our acceptance of the forgivenes that saves us? And repentance
So how complete is the forgiveness if that demand is made on us?
The 70 x 7 command does not require the other to repent and cease the wrong..
Again God seems harder?
---alan_of_UK on 1/26/08


Alan, I think Bill_Billa5659 has explained this quite well. If you have other questions, please ask and I will be glad to help if I can. God bless, Gena
---Gena on 1/25/08


God would not ask us to forgive others, and then not be willing to do this forgiving, Himself. If Jesus tells **us** to forgive, this shows me that Jesus who is so better than we are is even better at forgiving, than we are. So, you can be sure God wants to forgive you...freely and generously.

But God forgives what IS condemned, so He expects you to stop doing what is wrong, and if you keep doing what is condemned, you will hear that you are wrong. Forgiveness does not make wrong stuff OK.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/25/08


alan, Jesus **prayed**, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (in Luke 23:34) So, He **prayed** forgiveness to those people, even right while they were still busy torturing and murdering God's own Son on that cross. Since Jesus desired forgiveness for them, already in His heart He had forgiven them (o: Then one of the criminals next to Jesus was effected by the prayer and gave himself to Jesus. But others did not get what was sent out in Holy Spirit prayer FOR them.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/25/08


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j._nonymous
1) !Remember: Giving something and Receiving something are two separate things?

God tells us to forgive because He, Himself is forgiveness. God has forgiven us already, but some of us have not accepted His forgiveness? To accept His forgiven we must first repent of sin & accept His Word as Lord and savior of our lives, then we will RECEIVE His forgiveness.
---Shawn.M.T on 1/25/08


2) God wants us to forgive so we may be forgiven of that sin, we are to be Holy as He is Holy? If we do not forgive others when they sin, then we will not be forgiven for that sin? (John 20:23)
---Shawn.M.T on 1/25/08


Does Matthew 18. 21-22 require the other person to repent before we forgive him 70 X 7 (which is 490, not 77, and surely means without any limit?) ?
I suggest not.
Does God require us to repent before He forgives us?
I suggest yes, which would make Him less forgiving than He requires us to be.
This has troubled me ... perhaps others can explain
---alan_of_UK on 1/25/08


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